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Brandt Ricca & Matt Miller of The Bernice Books Series on Creativity, Collaboration and “Bernice & the Shadow Witch” S8E168

Brandt Ricca & Matt Miller of The Bernice Books Series on Creativity, Collaboration and “Bernice & the Shadow Witch”

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Join host Rob Lee as he chats with Brandt Ricca and Matt Miller, the creators of the enchanting series, The Bernice Books. They discuss their entrepreneurial journey, the themes in their books, the influence of the American South, and their upcoming release, Bernice and the Shadow Witch. Tune in for an insightful conversation at the intersection of arts, culture, and community. 📚✨

Episode Highlights:
  • Brandt and Matt's background and how The Bernice Books series came to be (00:00:10) 👥 
  • The key themes in The Bernice Books series (00:07:24) 📚 
  • The recognition and reader responses that have shaped the development of the series (00:18:08) 👏 
  • The collaborative process between Brandt and Matt and how it influences the storytelling (00:11:43) 🤝 
  • A glimpse into Bernice and the Shadow Witch and what to expect (00:26:09) 🔮 
  • Advice for aspiring authors, entrepreneurs, and collaborators (00:30:05) 📢 

Key Takeaways:
  • Overcoming adversity, inclusion, self-exploration, and philosophical tones are key themes in The Bernice Books series. 🌈 
  • Collaboration and complementary skill sets are essential for successful creative partnerships. 🤝 
  • The American South, particularly New Orleans, serves as a rich backdrop for the series, incorporating history, myths, and architecture. 🌆 
  • The success of the first book and reader feedback have influenced the direction and development of subsequent books. 📈 
  • Enjoy the creative process, be content with the journey, and don't stress about the big picture. ✨ 

Check out The Bernice Books series and follow BarrisBooks on social media for updates and more.
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Creators and Guests

Rob Lee
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Brandt Ricca
Brandt Ricca
Brandt Ricca is a D.C.-based entrepreneur. Having a writing background and a family history of owning a newspaper, telling stories has always been at the forefront of Brandt’s mindset. Creating a narrative is a must for Brandt, who always wants to convey a message with events or imagery through his branding agency, Nora Lee by Brandt Ricca. Brandt was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and loves the Southern culture and creative atmosphere of New Orleans, which inspired the setting for the life of Barris Hart.
Matt Miller
Matt Miller
Matt Miller is a designer and artist that bounces back and forth from D.C. and Florida. For as long as he can remember, Matt has had a passion for expressing his ideas and creativity in drawings and paintings. His artistic background and love for interior design and architecture are the foundation for his interior design and rendering business, Perspective.


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